PrintAnnual honor recognizes contributions to Louisville Arts Community

Louisville, Ky. (August 28, 2015) – Fund for the Arts and Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC (SKO) announce open nominations for the sixth annual James Welch Sr. Arts Leadership Award, an honor that recognizes substantial impact to the Arts made by an individual through volunteer commitment and leadership in the community.

Nominations are being accepted Friday, August 28 through Friday, September 18 on the Fund for the Arts’ website

“Fund for the Arts is grateful for Stoll Keenon Ogden’s commitment to Arts excellence,” said Christen Boone, President and CEO of Fund for the Arts. “This prestigious award is an opportunity to recognize an exceptional volunteer leader that has made a lasting impact on our vibrant and thriving Arts community.”

Qualified nominees will have made significant contributions and a lasting impact on the Arts community in a quiet, often unrecognized manner.

The award was created in honor of the late James S. Welch Sr., a founding member of Stoll Keenon Ogden’s legacy law firm, who quietly provided decades of strong guidance and support to the Arts.

Previous recipients include:

2014 – Carl M. Thomas, executive director, Gheens Foundation, Inc.
2013 – Nana Lampton, CEO, Hardscuffle Inc.
2012 – Todd Lowe, president and founder, Parthenon LLC;
2011 – Morton Boyd, chairman emeritus, Gheens Foundation, Inc.
2010 – Tom Noland, Senior VP of Corporate Communications, Humana Inc.

“James Welch enhanced the stature of both our law firm and the arts community with his civic-minded engagement and strong commitment to excellence,” said Kendrick Riggs, vice chair of SKO. “It’s very fitting to have this award in his name, and we are proud to partner with Fund for the Arts to honor individuals who continually advance opportunities within the Arts community.”

About Fund for the Arts
The Fund for the Arts builds a stronger community by investing in world-class Arts organizations, driving collaborative initiatives and fueling innovative arts-in-education programs throughout the region. A national leader in corporate partnerships; business and creative find a unified voice, a more educated workforce, and attract talent through the Arts. The annual Fund for the Arts campaign has generated more than $196 million for the Arts since its establishment in 1949. More than 20,000 donors contribute to the campaign each year. For more information, visit

About Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC
Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC provides diverse legal services to local, national and international clients. With more than 140 attorneys, SKO has offices in Louisville, Lexington, Frankfort and Owensboro, KY, as well as Evansville, IN, and Greater Pittsburgh, PA. SKO prides itself on its commitment to both client success and community engagement. For more information, visit

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